If you wanted any more confirmation that having junk food regularly is bad for you, then look no further. The article was published in the Public Library of Science Journal and reaffirms the notion that a natural and balanced diet is essential for a healthy life.
The comprehensive article gathered data from almost 500.000 participants of different ages (20 to 70 years old) living across 10 European countries (Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.), including sociodemographic information, educational level, lifestyle, personal and familial history and anthropometric measurements (e.g., height, weight, waist, and hip circumferences).
Dietary intake assessment questionnaires asking detailed information about types of food consumed, portion sizes, 7-day nutrition records were collected throughout the 15 years the project was operating.
Through follow-ups, researchers found that 49,794 of the subjects had been at one point or another diagnosed with cancer. There were12,063 cases of breast cancer, 6.745 cases of prostate cancer and 5,806 having colorectal cancer.
Participants having “a diet of lower nutritional quality, were consistently more likely to have unhealthy dietary intakes, e.g., higher intakes of alcohol, energy and red and processed meat, lower intakes of dietary fibres, vegetables, fruit, fish, and lean meat” and were coming mostly from France, Germany, the UK and Sweden.
The study revealed that those individuals having foods with lower nutritional values “were at higher risk of developing cancer overall”, especially colorectal and stomach cancers. It also indicated that men were more prone to having lung cancers, while women were at higher risk of developing liver and breast cancer.
Consider investing a bit of time and effort now into your dietary habits in order to have a long and healthy life.